Underage Binge Drinking On the Rise

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says a new alcohol opinion survey shows underage binge drinking is on the rise.

Of the 19 and 20-year-olds polled, binge drinking reports were up. From 2010 to 2013, young women's reported rate was up from 28 percent to 32 percent. During this same period, young men's reported rate went up from 26 percent to 34 percent.

“The survey [also] holds good news,” says Scot L. Adams, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “Driving while impaired seems to be going down."

Reports of alcohol-impaired driving in the last month decreased from 30 percent in 2010 to 22 percent in 2013.

There was also a strong disapproval of providing alcohol to minors. 83 percent of young adults perceived it as wrong or very wrong.

The Division of Behavioral Health conducted the annual survey, polling nearly 3,500 young adults (19 - 25 y.o.) by mail.

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